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Old 09-20-2009, 12:02 AM
 
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Hi,

I am moving to Houston next month with my two kids aged 4.5 yrs and 6 yrs. I need some information
(i) how to select a good school for my kids? Do any of the schools have uniform. I would appreciate any suggestions regarding good elementary schools.
(ii) as it would be middle of school year how to ensure admission in the schools.
(iii) Which are good safe and family -oriented areas to live in HOuston? My husband's office will be in 77077 and I will be attending either UH or Rice university. Please give your best suggestions where we should look for buying our house.

thanks in advance and looking forward to your valuable suggestions
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Old 09-20-2009, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Based on your screen name are you moving from Calgary perhaps?

Im guessing you guys work for the oil industry if youre moving from Calgary to Houston.

Get ready for the biggest climate change of your life. That being said, Houston has some very family oriented areas. Memorial, Sugarland, and the Suburbs to the North (Spring, Humble, Kingwood) are all nice. But I think given that youre going to be at U of H or Rice, Sugarland is where I would recomend.
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Old 09-20-2009, 11:54 AM
 
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thanks a lot for your information. It is quite helpful.
Yes, you guessed it right, we are from Calgary. Originally, we are from India so I guess, it should not be too much a problem, but definitely after living in Calgary for last five years, we feel comfortable with -10 a to -20.
I will search for information about schools in the areas you have suggested.
Meanwhile, if you can give some information about the schools and if a mid-year admission is possible.

thanks once again
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Northwestern Illinois
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Calgarian25 -- hope you and your family find a great place to settle. My husband and I will be relocating in the next 6-12 months (probably somewhere between Wharton Co. and Houston.) These boards most generally give you great information.... just ignore the rest.

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Old 09-20-2009, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Cedar City, Utah
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Stay on topic please
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:58 PM
 
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the west side of town, where your husband will be working, has lots of great housing/neighborhood options. Much depends on if you want public or private schools for your kids. Have you decided? That will determine a lot. Also price range for housing. Getting to UH or Rice from that area would not be too bad using the tollways and/or beltway.
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:00 PM
 
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Calgarian, if you provide a price range that would help us help you a little better. Prices in Houston vary widely, as they do everywhere else, depending on how close you want to get to downtown.
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:29 PM
 
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thanks to all of you for the information. every bit is helpful.
I have no idea about the schools in US. Are the public schools government funded?
In Calgary, my kids go to an alternative program but its a public school, it is government funded. There are very limited private schools in Calgary, moreover, this alternative program is excellent and comparable to the private school teaching at less expense.
I am interested in a good school be it private or public. But please help me understand the difference between the two. Also, in HOuston do we have to live in a certain district to send the kids to the a particular school. This is so in Canada.

Our price range would about 350K...
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Houston
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thanks to all of you for the information. every bit is helpful.
I have no idea about the schools in US. Are the public schools government funded?
In Calgary, my kids go to an alternative program but its a public school, it is government funded. There are very limited private schools in Calgary, moreover, this alternative program is excellent and comparable to the private school teaching at less expense.
I am interested in a good school be it private or public. But please help me understand the difference between the two. Also, in HOuston do we have to live in a certain district to send the kids to the a particular school. This is so in Canada.

Our price range would about 350K...
Looks like Katy would be a good fit. The Katy public schools are good schools. No need to put your kids into a private school then. However, the commute to U of H is not gonna be very good. I-10 , I-45 inside 610 get really clogged in the morning
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Old 09-20-2009, 05:09 PM
 
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thanks a lot for your information. It is quite helpful.
Yes, you guessed it right, we are from Calgary. Originally, we are from India so I guess, it should not be too much a problem, but definitely after living in Calgary for last five years, we feel comfortable with -10 a to -20.
I will search for information about schools in the areas you have suggested.
Meanwhile, if you can give some information about the schools and if a mid-year admission is possible.

thanks once again
yes you have to live in a certain district to go to Public schools.
You may be able to get into the areas private schools but you need to inquire soon. They may take students mid session if they have spaces.
St Francis Episcopal Day school
Grace Presbyterian- The Grace School
AWTY
The Village School
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